As we near the end point, the point where the economy collapses, government becomes more desperate to convey the myth of a recovery. Government data have always been suspect because of the political ramifications of a good vs. bad economic report. Fudging the numbers, or at least the ways of measuring various statistics, likely began once government began issuing economic data. The propaganda value of such data began to increase under Kennedy. Now we have reached a point where manipulation is beyond anything the manipulators dared just a couple of decades ago.
Behind the need to increasingly lie about the economic condition of the country is the dying economy. If that is too strong for you to accept, then the declining standard of living. Real weekly wages are below where they were in the late 1960s. Most people are unaware of this because government chooses to hide it. Instead, they shift to median family income without adjusting for the fact that two wage earners are now required per household where one was sufficient in the past. The tricks and deceptions are too numerous to discuss, although anyone interested should go to www.shadowstats.com for a history of the manipulations and the cumulative effects across a broad series of data.
The latest example of